Best of Franchising
Best Step Toward the ‘American Dream’
Unique Pizza and Subs Sponsors Latino Franchisees
Industrious franchisees are every franchisors dream. But while others are content to wait for those ideal candidates to fall into their laps, Unique Pizza and Subs CEO James C. Vowler decided to be pro-active. Vowler launched a franchisee-recruitment plan in July targeted toward Latinos, a community he believes is full of hardworking, would-be entrepreneurs. With help from The Dream Factory Inc., an Austin, Texas–based consulting firm, Vowler intends to raise up to $150 million to fund the dreams of owning a quick-serve for 30 Latino families. The Dream Factory’s base of some 62,000 entrepreneurs will raise the $1 million to $5 million that will ultimately fund the startup of the program. So far, three families have made commitments.
Best Franchisee Support
Submarina Caters to Military Families
When the men and women in our military go off to fight, they’re not the only ones paying a price. In recognition of the sacrifices military families make, Submarina California Subs in September launched its “Honor the Veteran” program, providing half off of franchise fees and additional discounts from vendors for military service people, their children, spouses, and parents.
Best News for Rural Entrepreneurs
Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Country Capitalists
In August, Dunkin’ Donuts announced it wants to be in Ottumwa, Iowa, (home of cattle, Cargill, and corn) as well as 13 other rural markets as part of its strategy to increase franchised locations throughout the U.S. To that end, Dunkin’ is aggressively seeking franchisees to open three to 15 units in Harrisonburg and Bluefield, West Virginia; Tallahassee, Florida and the Keys; Erie, Pennsylvania; Bowling Green and Paducah, Kentucky; Lima and Zanesville, Ohio; Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Jackson, Tennessee.
Yoshinoya’s Nationwide Franchising Push
When patrons are willing to drive 50 miles to eat your fare, it’s a good time to make a big move. And that’s exactly what Pan-Asian chain Yoshinoya is doing. Execs intend to expand Yoshinoya’s base of 86 restaurants in the U.S. through a new nationwide franchising program. Plans call for 1,000 restaurants in locations near universities, hospitals, business districts, and other high-traffic areas.
Best Move by Franchisees
PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans Purchased
Former PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans franchisees Paul, Steve, and Scotty Ballard bought the coffee concept they loved with the intent to write a new chapter in its distinct Big Easy history. In March PJ’s USA Inc. and PJ’s Wholesale Inc. entered into an agreement with New Orleans Roast, LLC and New Orleans Brew, LLC for the purchase of the assets of the PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans franchise system and coffee roasting business. Franchisees since 1995, the Ballards currently own and operate five PJ’s locations.